The Computational and Biological Vision Group, led by Hüseyin Boyacı and Katja Doerschner is part of Aysel Sabuncu Brain Research Center and National Magnetic Resonance Research Center (UMRAM), and operates jointly with the Department of Psychology and the Neuroscience Graduate ProgramBilkent University. Research in the lab is focused on visual perception and its neuronal underpinnings. We use behavioral experimentation, neuroimaging (fMRI), and computational modeling to find answers to problems of vision science.

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Recent News!
New Publication

Altan, Boyaci, “Size aftereffect is non-local

Prolonged exposure to a certain size stimulus alters the perceived size of a subsequently presented stimulus at the same location. How the rest of the visual space is affected by this size adaptation, however, has not been systematically studied before. In this study, we tested size adaptation at the adapter location as well as the rest of the visual space. Our results showed that the perceived sizes of target stimuli were affected by the adapter, not only at the adapter location but also at other locations. These findings demonstrate that size adaptation causes widespread distortion of the visual space and alters perceived size. We discuss possible computational models that may underpin the perceptual effect in the article.

New Publication

Er, Pamir, Boyaci,  “Distinct patterns of surround modulation in V1 and hMT+”,

Using fMRI and a well-studied motion paradigm, in which sensitivity to direction of motion increases (decreases) for a low (high) contrast stimulus as its size gets bigger, Er et al. show that patterns of center-surround interaction are different in primary visual cortex (V1) and middle temporal complex (hMT+). Furthermore, we show that the divisive normalization model can successfully predict the responses in V1 and hMT+, and link the behavioral and fMRI data.

Recent preprints from CBVG!

CBVG has recently shared four preprints:

Beyza Akkoyunlu successfully defended her Master’s thesis!

Beyza defended her thesis entitled “Functional changes in the human cortex over the course of visual perceptual learning” on March 20, 2020 at Aysel Sabuncu Brain Research Center. Please follow this link to see the abstract. We wish her good luck in her career!

Seminar: “Oscillatory Recurrent Gated Neural Integrator Circuits (ORGaNICs): A Unifying Theoretical Framework for Neural Dynamics” by David Heeger @ Bilkent!


Prof. Heeger recently gave a talk entitled “Oscillatory Recurrent Gated Neural Integrator Circuits (ORGaNICs): A Unifying Theoretical Framework for Neural Dynamics” at Bilkent as part of Neuroscience Seminar Series Fall 2019. Later, he gave another talk on his recent model at Dynamics in Vision and Touch (DyViTo) workshop held in Cappadocia, Turkey. 

Please click here to see the talk announcement.

Six Master’s theses defended successfully!

Batuhan Erkat: Mapping Human Visual Cortex With Population Receptive Field Model: Tuning FMRI and Stimulus Parameters, and Exploring Receptive Field Sizes

Cemre Yilmaz: Effect of Visual Stimuli With Fearful Emotional Cue on Population Receptive Field Estimates

Ecem Altan: The Spatial Extent of Size Adaptation Effect in Peripheral Vision

Ilayda Nazli: The Effect of Orientation-Related Prior Probability Information on Contrast Perception

Cem Benar: Temporal and Spatial Nonlinearities in fMRI BOLD Response in Human Primary Visual Cortex

Hossein Mehrzadfar: Comparing the Performance of Humans and 3D-Convolutional Neural Networks in Material Perception Using Dynamic Cues

Congratulations Cemre, Batuhan, Ecem, Ilayda, Cem and Hossein for the fantastic job!

Save the dates! Six Master’s thesis dissertations in the first week of July, 2019

July 1: Cemre Yilmaz, Batuhan Erkat, Ecem Altan

July 2: Ilayda Nazli

July 4: Cem Benar, Hossein Mehrzadfar

Görkem Er successfully defended his Master’s thesis!

Gorkem defended his thesis entitled “The Role of Contrast and Size in Motion Perception: Behavioral and Neuroimaging Study of Center-Surround Interactions in Primary Visual Cortex (V1) and Middle Temporal Area (MT+) ” on September 13, 2018 at Aysel Sabuncu Brain Research Center. Please follow this link to see the abstract. We wish him good luck in his career!

Zahide Pamir successfully defended her PhD thesis!


Zahide defended her PhD thesis entitled “The Effect of Context-dependent Lightness on Contrast Detection and Identification, and Its Neural Correlates” on 19 October, 2017 at Aysel Sabuncu Brain Research Center. Please click here for the abstract. We wish her all the best and success in her future career!

CBVG was at ECVP 2017!


We as CBVG presented our work at ECVP 2017, Berlin. Please visit: for more information about our abstracts.